TX train Cologne-Curtici_© TX Logistik

TX Logistik is to increase the number of round trips between the CTS Container Terminal at Köln-Niehl in Germany and the Trade Trans Terminal at Curtici in Romania from five to seven per week from May 10 to meet increased demand.

Basque metre gauge operator Euskotren has been awarded a four-year contract to move imported steel coil on daily trains between the port of Pasaia and Durango for the Railsider branch of logistics firm Algeposa, removing an estimated 6 000 lorry movements per year from the busy A8 motorway. It is planned to extend Euskotren tracks into the port area at Pasaia, and Algeposa and Euskotren are also to investigate ways of further stimulating freight traffic on the network.

Sinara Transport Machines has supplied pig iron producer Tulachermet with four TEM9 industrial locos, which are fitted with enhanced cab heating and noise insulation and additional protection on the piping.


Kansas City Southern has appointed Jeffrey M Songer as Executive Vice-President, Strategic Merger Planning, focused on managing the application process for the proposed combination with Canadian Pacific. John F Orr has been named Executive Vice-President, Operations.

FESCO Transportation Group has completed what it said was the first intermodal transport of refrigerated fish products from Vladivostok to Germany. The 49 40ft containers of pollock fillets and minced pollock travelled via the Trans-Siberian railway to the port of St Petersburg, from where they went by sea to Bremerhaven. The total transit time was 33 days.

tn_pt-Medway freight at Encontramento-A Pires

MSC subsidiary Medway joined the Rail Freight Forward coalition in early April. ‘It’s up to us to be a catalyst for initiatives for a more sustainable and better planet to live, namely, through mobility and the promotion of the use of rail transport, with a view to decrease emissions, decongesting roads and the reduction of both number of road fatalities and noise’, said Manager Director Bruno Silva.

Ostrava-based freight operator PKP Cargo International (formerly AWT) has selected CZ Loko to equip 11 Class 753.7 Bo-Bo diesel locos with ETCS Level 2 in a KC278m contract co-funded by the EU. There is an option for 18 additional locos.

MSC has launched an Asia – Europe intermodal service combining sea and rail legs departing from China, Korea and Japan to Europe via Vladivostok and Vostochniy with further feeder connections from St Petersburg to major European hubs including Antwerpen, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Le Havre.


Nurminen Logistics has expanded its Narvik/Helsinki to China services with a sea connection from the port of Vostochny to Yokohama in Japan. ‘This is a block train for one customer, but due to the high demand for exports and imports to Japan, we believe that more trains will start opening between Finland and Japan. The train transports products of a large Swedish company’, said Sales Director Marjut Linnajärvi. The Finnish company has begun offering services to Tianjin and Jiazhou.

Fruit and vegetable company SanLucar has begun using rail services, sending produce from Valencia to Köln in 48 h on Transfesa Logistics refrigerated services.